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Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism

Renée Levine Melammed

in Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151671
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.003.0002
Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism

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On March 31, 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel signed the infamous edict declaring the expulsion of “Jews and Jeweses” of all the kingdoms. The Edict of Expulsion emphasized the belief that instruction was provided by the Jews to the conversos, especially at gatherings. Analysis of the trials and testimonies reveal that many of the accusations that the Jews induced the New Christians to circumcise their sons, gave them books, told them when to fast, and instructed them in their law, were indeed true.

Keywords: King Ferdinand; Queen Isabel; Jews and Jeweses; Edict of Expulsion; conversos; New Christians

Chapter.  8352 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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